Jerry Brown flying high–in a state-owned plane
August 5, 2010
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown may boast of flying Southwest Airlines, but a review of government records shows the state Attorney General often using a state-owned plane. [AP]
Records reviewed by the Associated Press shows that Brown has used the turboprop plane at least nine times so far this year.
Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said Brown used the Beechcraft Super King Air 200 just three times since July 2009, all on official state business: to attend the funeral for a California Highway Patrol officer on March 8; for a gang takedown and press conference in Salinas on April 22; and to attend a meeting with local sheriffs in Truckee on June 17.
Brown often talks about his use of Southwest Airlines during the campaign and has pledged to cut costs in state government.
The plane is operated by the Attorney General’s office and is to be used for official purposes only.